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Parliament elects Šafárik as judicial candidate

PARLIAMENT confirmed the controversial Tibor Šafárik as its 18th candidate for a seat on the Constitutional Court on January 31, allowing President Ivan Gašparovič to proceed with filling the nine vacant posts at the country's highest judicial authority.

As a Constitutional Court justice in 2000, Šafárik upheld the validity of the amnesties issued by former Slovak PM Vladimír Mečiar to people involved in the kidnapping of the former president's son. A group of legal experts issued a paper later that year declaring that Šafárik's ruling had no legal foundation.

President Gašparovič now has the 18 candidates he is required to have by law in order to select 9 new justices for the 13-member court, which has been operating with only 4 justices since January 22.

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